(BIVN) – A High Wind Warning and Advisory are in effwct for Hawaii Island, as a strong high north of the area will maintain windy conditions over the islands today.
The National Weather Service says that trough tonight, east winds of 25 to 45 mph, with localized gusts over 60 mph, will impact over the Kohala district of the Big Island with the strongest winds over and downslope to the west of the mountains including Kamuela, Waikoloa and Kawaihae.
Today on Saddle Road in the vicinity of Pohakuloa Training Area, dirt and dust swirled into clouds as the the gusts blew across the terrain.
Forecasters say winds this strong can damage roofs and knock down trees and utility lines. Driving will also be difficult.
Due to the high winds, Hawaii County Civil Defense issued a message this afternoon, advising:
- Owners of small boats and aircraft should take measures to secure their crafts.
- Exercise extreme caution with all coastal and ocean activities as winds will generate rough and choppy conditions.
- Residents and property owners should take action to secure loose outdoor objects before winds increase.
- If you have outdoor plans today, be prepared for very windy conditions.
- As in all high wind conditions, do expect possibility of power, phone, and internet interruptions; and motorists should be on the alert for debris on the roadways caused by the winds.
The National Weather Service has also issued a High Surf Advisory for the shorelines of Kohala, Hamakua, Hilo, Puna and Ka’u. “A High Surf Advisory means there is a threat to life and property from the surf,” civil defense added. “Oceanfront residents, all ocean activities, and beachgoers are advised to be on the alert for possible strong currents and breaking waves.”